Merrie Haskell wrote her first story at the age of seven, and she walked dogs after school in order to buy her first typewriter. She now lives in Saline, Michigan, with her husband and stepdaughter and works in a library with over 7 million books, which she finds to be just about the right number. She is the author of The Princess Curse and Handbook for Dragon Slayers. Find her online at www.merriehaskell.com or on Twitter (@merriehaskell).
"Exploring a range of weighty subjects, from the horror of war to
the difficulty of forgiveness, Haskell makes every subplot and
character count, reinforcing the story's elaborate metaphorical and
thematic structure."--Publishers Weekly (starred
"The developing relationship between the two main characters is portrayed realistically; it's often as prickly as the thorns that surround them. Fans of Gail Carson Levine's and Shannon Hale's fairy tale adaptations will enjoy the adventure and mystery here."--School Library Journal (starred review)